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December 7, 2015

National City Man Sentenced to 55 Months in Prison for Robbing Imperial Beach Credit Union

SAN DIEGO—Tulio David Gasca was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John Houston to 55 months in prison for robbing a North Island Credit Union branch and then leading sheriff’s deputies on a 40-minute foot chase.

In his plea agreement, Gasca, 24, admitted that on March 5, 2015, at approximately 12:41 p.m., he entered the branch in Imperial Beach wearing a mask and approached a teller and said, “Give me your money!” Gasca took $4,210 and ran from the credit union.

An off-duty correctional officer chased after Gasca, who ran into an apartment complex across the street from the credit union, through its courtyard, and then out a gate into an alley. The correctional officer continued to pursue Gasca but lost sight of him. A canine unit responded to the courtyard and began to track Gasca.

Before the canine unit found the defendant, a San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter arrived and its crew spotted Gasca a few blocks away from the credit union and apartment complex. A responding sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Gasca. Gasca wrenched himself free from the deputy’s hold and ran from him.

When the deputy caught up to Gasca and tried to stun him with a taser, Gasca physically resisted, injuring the deputy. Gasca then fled toward 13th Street. At approximately 1:25 p.m., deputies found Gasca hiding in the backyard of a 13th Street residence, where they arrested him. The stolen money was not recovered at that time.

On March 6, 2015, a resident on 13th Street notified law enforcement that she found a large amount of currency when cleaning shelves located in her backyard, where Gasca was found the day before. Deputies returned to her home and recovered $3,862 and an e-mail addressed to Gasca from beneath a shelf in the backyard.

DEFENDANT

  • Tulio David Gasca
  • Age: 24
  • Case Number: 15CR0731-JAH

SUMMARY OF CHARGE

  • Bank Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a)
  • Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison

AGENCY

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
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